[MGSA-L] New Article: Wit and Greece's Economic Crisis: Ironic Slogans, Food, and Antiausterity Sentiments

KNIGHT D.M. daniel.knight at durham.ac.uk
Wed Apr 29 09:51:55 PDT 2015

Dear All,

My new article on satire and the economic crisis, published in American Ethnologist, may be of interest to some list members. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/amet.12127/abstract


Ironic slogans voice opposition to neoliberal austerity measures as people in western Thessaly, Greece, strive to account for dramatically increasing poverty and cultivate a sense of collective suffering in an era of economic crisis. The slogans are pinned to moments of socioeconomic turmoil in recent Greek history, such as the 1941–43 famine and the 1973 polytechnic uprising against military dictatorship. Through satire, they capture local and national attitudes toward the government's current austerity policy and neoliberalism more generally. Drawing on powerful tropes of food, the slogans critique the experiences of neoliberal reform, becoming sites of resistance and solidarity that reframe relations between local people, their government, and international creditors.

All best wishes,



Dr Daniel M. Knight, BA PhD AHEA

Addison Wheeler Research Fellow

Anthropology/ Durham Energy Institute/ Institute of Advanced Study

Durham University

South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE

United Kingdom

New Book: Knight, D. M. History, Time, and Economic Crisis in Central Greece. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (May 2015) http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/history-time-and-economic-crisis-in-central-greece-daniel-m-knight/?K=9781137501486

New Article: Knight, D. M. Wit and Greece's Economic Crisis: Ironic Slogans, Food, and Antiausterity Sentiments. American Ethnologist, Volume 42, Number 2, pp: 230-246. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/amet.12127/abstract

Associate Editor: History & Anthropology http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/ghan

Visiting Fellow: Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics (2014-17) http://www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/research/hellenicObservatory/whoswho/visiting_fellows.aspx
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